Monday, December 30, 2013

Where Will YOU Spend Eternity?


The Lord has made my heart heavy.

I have loved ones that may spend eternity in hell, in eternal separation from God. My brain cannot fathom the never ending pain that will be experienced being separated from Christ.  Just thinking of that eternal torment makes my lungs gasp for air.

If God didn't even spare His angels...why would he spare us from hell?

" For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment..." 2 Peter 2:4

So, may I ask you a question?

"If you were to die tonight, and stand before God and He were to say to you, 'Why should I let you into My heaven?' what would you say?"

Please take some time to really think about this question...

God gave us His Word, The Bible so we could know the answer to this question and  "have eternal life". (1 John 5:13)

Do you feel that because you're a "good person", God should let you into heaven?

Heaven is a free gift.  There is nothing anyone can "do" to earn this gift.  A gift is not free if you have to do something to get it.

Every human is a sinner (to miss the mark and so not share in the prize).  There is nothing we can do to "save ourselves".  It only takes 1 sin to seperate us from a Holy, Sinless God.  

So if there's NOTHING we can do to save ourselves, when we die, how do we enter heaven and have a relationship with a Holy God?

Jesus is God.  God came down to man in the person of Jesus and paid the price for man's sins so we can have eternal life with God.

This is the one and only plan God had to save man from eternal separation from Him. There is no other way but through Jesus. 
  
To receive the gift of eternal life, man must receive Christ.  We must trust Jesus Christ alone for salvationFaith in anyone or anything else is a rejection of God and His free gift.  

If you are interested in receiving this free gift of eternal life with Christ, and making a commitment to Him, please email me at comerestathistable@gmail.com. 

 I am praying for you.
 

Friday, December 20, 2013

Abundant Life?


Ever since I was a lil girl...



 ...the saying was drilled into my head, "God has an abundant life for you to live!"  This meant lots of material things, money, resources, exciting times, wonderful bountiful relationships, never a hard moment, etc.  If I did have something hard come into my life...it meant I wasn't "trusting" God. 

This verse, "The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." John 10:10, had been taken out of context.


 I believed this lie until I was about 24 years old, when God allowed my world to crumble.  Praise the Lord He opened my eyes to His truth as I cried out to Him, whining, "but you said You'd give me ABUNDANT life!"

  When studying A VERSE in the Bible...you must read a few verses before and a few verses after to see the context. 

John 10:7-14
"7 Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All whoever came before Me[a] are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. 10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. 12 But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them. 13 The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. "

Jesus is speaking of eternal life and salvation in Him alone.  He is not speaking of material possessions and a problem-free life on earth.

The Bible references "trials", "tests", and "troubling times" MANY times throughout the Scriptures.

Jesus, Himself told us, "Because[a] narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it." Matthew 7:14 NKJV ;  "In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." John 16:33;  and in 2 Corinthians it says: " We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed— 10 always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. 11 For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh." 


John Piper reminds us, "
 The eternal (John 3:16), abundant (John 10:10), exceedingly joyful (Psalm 43:4) and forever pleasurable (Psalm 16:11) life is so worth the fight that we will someday look back at the very worst, darkest, horrible battles and see them as “light and momentary” (2 Corinthians 4:17)."

Jesus has an amazing, more than we can fathom, abundant (in the sense of beyond; superabundant in quantity or superior in quality...) life waiting for us in Heaven, for those of us who choose Him and His Way while on this earth.  And through His grace and mercy He does bless us in many ways while we wait to live with Him in eternity. 

Until we see Him face to face:

"be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." John 16:33b

Monday, December 16, 2013

Keep Standing, God is Worth It!



Is your heart, mind, body and soul hurting as you struggle in a relationship with a loved one?  

Please remember dear friend:

Ephesians 6:12-13
"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand."

Did you read that?  Did you hear that?  You are not fighting against your loved one...you're fighting FOR your loved one!!!

There is a war being waged in the heavenlies for souls!

The song,
Love Alone is Worth the Fight by Switchfoot
is encouraging in this battle.  God is Love and HE ALONE is worth standing for in this battle!!!

1 John 4:8 "He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love."

Just when you feel like giving up, check out what God says at the end of Eph 6:13 "and having done all, to stand."

You feel like you've done everything you can to save your relationship???  Nothing else you can do....God says..."STAND".

stand= to stand; abide, appoint, bring, continue, covenant...

"Moreover brethern. I declare unto you the gospel which I have preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand." 1 Cor 15:1

Stand in knowing what Christ did for you.  He DIED for you.  He loves you SO much He took your sins and died!  That is what we stand in, what we remember when we're ready to give up...  


"Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong." 1 Cor 16:13




 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

What Christmas Means to Me



You've heard it said, "Christmas in the US is materialized".
In my opinion, "materialized" is an understatement!   


Someday, Lord willing, you will find me in a Third World Country during the month of December, spending CHRISTmas with little people like this...

(a lil guy from V's orphanage)  Photo courtsey of Open Arms Ukraine

...instead of this...

Each year the Holiday Season becomes more and more overwhelming to me.

I have to back up and take a deep breath and spend time with the Lord.
This morning the Lord blessed Ellie and I on our way home from town by hearing Nancy Leigh DeMoss tell of Mary and 40 day old Jesus...  TEARS! 

Nancy said, "It’s such a picture. She brings a pair of birds to offer up as a sin offering and a burnt offering. Their blood is shed; they’re killed and their blood is shed for her purification and there in her arms she holds the One who will one day shed His blood to cleanse her and to cleanse all who believe in the Lord Jesus."

This, my friends, is The reason to celebrate CHRISTmas!!!!!!!!!

What can wash away my sin? [What can purify me?] 
Nothing but the blood of Jesus. What can make me whole again? Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
("Nothing But the Blood" by Robert Lowery)


I have to share this sweet "tradition" I started with the kids a few years ago.


It's called The Christmas Nail

I love the part of the poem that says,

"The Christmas tree but foreshadows the Christ-tree which only He could decorate for us, ornamented with nails as this."

A humble reminder what CHRISTmas is all about. 

 "Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us."  Matthew 1:23

God came to be "with us" in the form of a child and grew into a man so He could hang on the cross and become my sin so I could be cleansed from my sin to spend eternity with Him!

BREATHTAKING!!!  

He is the One we celebrate.

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him." 2 Corinthians 5:21

1 Corinthians 15:1 "Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel..."

Merry CHRISTmas!

Hunting Time



          God says in His Word, that wives need to,"love their husbands.." Titus 2:4

love= fond of man, i.e. affectionate as a wife

God did not say, "only if he is affectionate toward you first",  "only while he is enjoying the children",  "only when he gives you a foot massage", "only if he is providing for you",  "only if he gives you something in return", etc.  

What God says, He means, 24/7, regardless of your feelings!

How can I be affectionate and fond of my husband when he spends his time engaging in his hobby?

JOIN HIM!

I told Josh I wanted to go hunting with him when the weather was nice (I can't stand the cold).  So he picked a beautiful fall day, bought me new hunting pants and a coat, and         
off we went...



He even had the ground blind ready in advance for me!
SO ROMANTIC!
You see, the last time I went hunting with him, we were going to sit in his tree stand that's 20 feet up...it broke with me in it while I was waiting for Josh to climb up. 
Yup...I was trying to not scare the deer while crying, hanging onto the tree and do the silent scream all at the same time.  It was not a pretty sight.

So this time Josh sweetly set up the ground blind just for me.


It's not Josh's favorite way to hunt because it is hard to see deer through the tiny hole instead of from the top of a tree, but he was thinking of me...so sweet!

It meant so much to Josh that I joined him in doing what he loves... it's hard for me to understand just how much...
but the next day when he left for his hunting trip, I received this...


Surprise Christmas lights on our headboard and a thank you card.  I may have to go hunting more often! :) 

then I knew then, that me going hunting with him meant the world to him.

Does your husband enjoy a certain hobby?

I wonder what he would think if you took a day to look at it 
through HIS eyes...


"Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the LORD your God will set you high above all nations of the earth.  And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God..." Deuteronomy 28:1-2



Thursday, December 5, 2013

Cup of Sin or Life?


The Lord has revealed another sin in my life...

DISCONTENTMENT.

I have not been content in His work on the cross... I keep thinking I need more: a better marriage, family, house, car, friends, a different kind of life to live, you name it, I've been feeling discontented about it.

SIN.

You know how I love the promise of resting at the Lord's table...

This morning the Holy Spirit revealed to me that I've had a drink of discontentment at the devil's table!

"Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakes of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils." 1 Corinthians 10:21

Satan has lots of drinks to offer at his table... I chose to have a sip of discontentment!  YUCK!!!!!  It tasted SO bitter!!!  

I choose to drink of Christ, my Living Water.

"...for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ." 1 Corinthians 10:4b

"But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life." John 4:14

"O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him." Psalm 34:8

What cup are you drinking from today?









Wednesday, December 4, 2013

What Is Codependence?


I received an amazing worksheet the other day with this "too close to home" description of Codependence.
As I read it it felt as if someone looked inside my brain and heart...

I later shared them with Josh and he felt it helped him understand me better, so I share them with you, so it may help you understand yourself or a loved one better.

-  My good feelings about who I am stem from being loved by you.
-  My good feelings about who I am stem from receiving approval from you.
-  Your struggle affects my serenity.  My mental attention focuses on solving your problems or relieving your pain.
-  My mental attention is focused on pleasing you.
-  My mental attention is focused on protecting you.
-  My self-esteem is bolstered by solving your problems.
-  My self-esteem is bolstered by relieving your pain.
-  My own hobbies and interest are put aside.  My time is spent sharing your interest and hobbies.
-  Your clothing and personal appearance are dictated by my desires as I feel you are a reflection of me.
-  Your behavior is dictated by my desires as I feel you are a reflection of me.
-  I am not aware of how I feel.  I am aware of how you feel.
-  I am not aware of what I want- I ask what you want.  I am not aware- I assume.
-  The dreams I have for my future are linked to you.
-  My fear of rejection determines what I say or do.
-  My fear of your anger determines what I say or do.
-  I use giving as a way of feeling safe in our relationship.
-  My social circle diminishes as I involve myself with you.
-  I put my values aside in order to connect with you.
-  I value your opinion and way of doing things more than my own.
-  The quality of my life is in direct relation to the quality of yours.

I fit about 80% of these.  The Lord has been working on my heart regarding these areas.  Some of them, in a healthy way, are obvious in regard to marriage- because husband and wife are one.  The others, the Lord is chipping away, in my relationship with my husband, my children and other relationships outside of the home.  The Lord wants me to find my satisfaction, strength, comfort and value in Him alone.

"The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him."  Psalm 28:7

Reminds me of my dad growing up: he would always say out loud, "NO ONE'S GONNA STEAL MY JOY!"  

I think of him often when I let others affect my attitude.  I am the only one who can choose how others affect me.  Am I gonna give God control of myself and those around me and let Him do His work, or do I wanna do it the hard way and try to be in control?

Considering the second way is sin and does not work, believe me, I've tried for the past decade, I choose to let God have His way in me and in others... He IS God after all. He created the universe, and I know He can handle this.

For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the Lord; and there is none else."  Isaiah 45:18





Thursday, November 14, 2013

My Testimony- Look What the Lord has Done!





The Lord graciously allowed me to be raised in a "Christian" home sheltered from the world around me.  
 Yet, I was not a Christian because my parents were Christians and the Lord opened my spiritual eyes to this and my need for Him at about 13 years old.   The Lord then softened my heart and gave me the desire to choose Him and surrender my life to Him - He saved me from my sins and His eternal wrath at the age of 13. 

Little did I understand at the age of 13, I did not choose Him...  He chose me.

John 15:16 "Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit...."

The Lord has used the struggles in my marriage to reveal this to me.
Thinking marriage was all about me and how loved I would feel,  I went into marriage all wrong, and when I set Josh up to be my god, God brought the walls crumbling down by knocking Josh off my throne.
 Exodus 20:3 "Thou shalt have no other gods before me."
  Nahum 1:2  "God is jealous and the Lord revengeth..."
God is a good Daddy and disciplines His children.   
Hebrews 12:6 "For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth."
I was disobeying Him and He corrected me...and continues to correct me.  I am so thankful He loves me enough to keep me on His path!
The Lord knocked Josh off my throne...
It was during this purifying season of Josh and I being separated multiple times and eventually divorced for 1 year that the Lord wooed me back to Himself.
He showed me my sins and my need for Him to be on the throne of my life.  God softened my heart and He revealed to me how much He loves and forgives me in despite of my sins. 
 I was an adulterer and a murderer to Him setting up other gods, yet He loved me and forgave me.                                                                                        
 Jeremiah 3:20 "Surely as a wife treacherously departeth from her husband, so have ye dealt treacherously with me, O house of Israel, saith the Lord."                                                                     
 Jeremiah 3:25  "We lie down in our shame, and our confusion covereth us: for we have sinned against the Lord our God, we and our fathers, from our youth even unto this day, and have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God."
 He chose me in my sin and "sent from above, he took me; he drew me out of many waters;" 2 Samuel 22:17; and "he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness..." Isaiah 61:10b
I was in my sewage deserving hell and eternal separation from Him yet He took the wrath I deserved upon Himself so I could be in His presence and in a personal relationship with Him.
The Lord kindly gave Josh and I a second chance, and we got remarried after being divorced 1 year.
Believe me, since then, it has not been "happily ever after".  
 (That is a lie the devil puts in our head when we are little, watching Disney movies.)
God loves me too much to let it be all bliss here on this earth.
Psalm 66:10 NIV: "For you, O God, tested us; you refined us like silver."    
1 Peter 1:7 "That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.."
Thomas Brooks wrote: “Consider Christian, that all your . . . trials and troubles, calamities and miseries, crosses and losses, which you meet with in this world—is all the hell that you shall ever have! Here and now you have your hell. Hereafter you shall have your heaven! This is the worst of your condition; the best is yet to come!

Lazarus had his hell first, his heaven last; but the Rich man had his heaven first, and his hell at last."
  If this earth is the only hell I will ever know, then so be it.  Because of Christ work on the cross, my happily ever after is in heaven.